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asparagus

noun as·par·a·gus \ə-ˈsper-ə-gəs, -ˈspa-rə-\

: a plant with long green stems and tiny leaves at one end that is cooked and eaten as a vegetable

plural as·par·a·gus

Full Definition of ASPARAGUS

:  any of a genus (Asparagus) of Old World perennial plants of the lily family having much-branched stems, minute scalelike leaves, and narrow usually filiform branchlets that function as leaves; especially :  one (A. officinalis) widely cultivated for its edible young shoots

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Origin of ASPARAGUS

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, asparagus plant, from Greek asparagos; perhaps akin to Greek spargan to swell
First Known Use: 1545

asparagus

noun as·par·a·gus \ə-ˈspar-ə-gəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ASPARAGUS

1
capitalized :  a genus of Old World perennial herbs of the lily family (Liliaceae) having erect much-branched stems, minute scalelike leaves, and narrow filiform branchlets that function as leaves
2
a :  any plant of the genus Asparagus; especially :  a plant (A. officinalis) widely cultivated for its tender edible young shoots b :  the root of cultivated asparagus formerly used as a diuretic

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